Business Law and Using a Solicitor

9. Choosing a Solicitor

9.1 Start with the basic information sources.

  • Friends and other business contacts, who can recommend solicitors they have used.
  • Professionals, such as bank managers and accountants.
  • Your local business support organisation, Chamber of Commerce or Enterprise Agency.
  • Print and online directories and advertisements.

9.2 Personal recommendations are usually the best source. Always ask:

  • What was the solicitor hired to do?
  • Is the solicitor a specialist?
  • Was the solicitor approachable, effective and easy to get on with?
  • How much did it cost? Be prepared to pay extra for a more experienced and effective solicitor.

9.3 Most small businesses find it preferable to use a small firm of solicitors.

  • Your business will be a valued client.
  • Costs are usually lower.
  • It may be easier to build up a good relationship with the individuals.

9.4 Even good small business solicitors will not be able to do everything, and will recognise their limitations.

  • Ask how much experience your solicitor has of your particular problem. Would a specialist be better? Can they recommend someone suitable?

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